Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gold Leaf Heart

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I'm extremely excited about this project. It's simple, beautiful, and gold! I know that gold leaf has been trendy, but I'm not ashamed to jump on that trend bandwagon. I'm smitten with gold.

My house has seemed pretty colorless recently and I don't have much in the way of Valentine's Day decor, so that's why I chose to create this bright wooden heart that is accented by gold leaf.

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It's easy peasy to make.

You'll need:

  • wooden heart
  • paint
  • gold leaf kit (gold leaf sheets and adhesive)


Josh cut the heart out of wood that we had on hand for my shape, but you can find wooden hearts at most craft stores. You can also use letters instead of shapes too. I considered an "x" and an "o" at first. I still might make letters as well because I like how this heart turned out.

The first step I didn't photograph and that is simply to paint the heart. I used Krylon's Cherry Red, but use any color that you like. Make sure the paint dries completely before applying the gold leaf.

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Next, apply the gold leaf adhesive. Follow the instructions that were included with the gold leaf sheets. For mine, I applied the adhesive with an inexpensive foam brush in a random, blotchy pattern. I wanted an imperfect, abstract look. If you wanted perfect lines, you could use painter's tape to create nice crisp lines.

Most adhesives need time before applying the gold leaf sheets. I let mine sit for about 30 minutes until the adhesive was tacky as per the instructions.


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After waiting for a half hour, it was time to apply the gold leaf. Again, since I wanted an abstract look, I tore the sheets into smaller pieces and applied them in the areas where there was adhesive. The sheets are very delicate, so if you want a perfect smooth look than you will need to be extremely careful and patient.
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After all the areas have been covered with gold leaf, brush off the excess with a soft brush. If there are areas that need more gold leaf, you can go back and apply more adhesive and gold leaf.
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My gold leaf kit came with a sealer, but since the heart will not be getting much wear and tear, I chose not to apply it.

Gold Leaf Heart tutorial -- easy, beautiful Valentine's Day decor │ thehappytulip.com

And that's it!

I'm still moving it around the house to see where I like it best. Wherever it lands, it will definitely add a pop of cheery color.

Linking to: Link Party Palooza, the Creative Collection. the Party Bunch, Moonlight & Mason Jars

Monday, January 19, 2015

Printable Valentine's Day Art

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One of my goals this year is to take more creative risks. I felt that I've been playing it safe when it comes to the decor of my home, the projects I have made, and the art I've created. I'm not one to design anything wild and crazy, but I've been looking around my life and realize that I need a bit more color and a bit more personality.

Since the Christmas decor has been put away, my home has seemed very bland. I decided I need more art, so if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I got out my watercolors for the first time in years!

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Lettering with watercolors takes quite a bit of practice to master — and I still haven't mastered it yet. :) But I thought I'd share a few pieces that I created for Valentine's Day.

You are welcome to download and print as many of them as you like for your personal use.

The last piece I left black and white so that you all have the opportunity to exercise a little creativity and color it in the watercolors, markers, etc. with the color scheme of your choice.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Grapefruitade with Honey Simple Syrup

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I am so over winter. This year especially has been a drag. There's been hardly any sunshine and pretty much no snow — just drab, cloudy, very cold days.

To lift my winter-weary mood, I've been looking for ways to bring a bit of summer to my life. I'm adding color to my home decor, watching a few summery movies, and drinking this grapefruitade.

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This drink is actually the best of both seasons. Most people associate citrus fruit with the summer  — like sipping on ice cold glasses of lemonade while sitting by a pool, but actually a lot of citrus fruit is in season now. So we can eat seasonally and still pretend (deny) that it's the middle of this never-ending winter.

I chose to sweeten this drink with a honey simple syrup because I didn't want to completely negate the health benefits with a bunch of processed sugar. Simple syrups are easy-peasy too. They are just equal parts sweetener and water, heated gently until the sugar dissolves. This allows us to use honey in a cold drink because otherwise the honey would just stay in a undissolved glop on the bottom of the glass.

Feel free to add more or less honey simple syrup based on your taste preferences.

Grapefruitade with Honey Simple Syrup

Makes about 24 ounces


Ingredients


  • Juice of 2-3 large grapefruit
  • 2 cups seltzer water
  • 2-3 tablespoons cooled honey simple syrup (or more, to taste) — recipe below

Directions


  1. Combine grapefruit juice, seltzer water, and simple syrup.
  2. Taste and add more simple syrup, if needed.
  3. Serve over ice.

Honey Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Heat honey and water in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir until all the honey dissolves. Do not boil.
  3. Let cool and store in the refrigerator.

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